Category Solitary Confinement

United States: Turning the Corner on Solitary Confinement?

Author: David C. Fathi Abstract The use of solitary confinement increased dramatically in the United States in the 1990s with more than forty states and the federal government operating at least one “supermax” prison by 2006. But recent years have… Continue Reading →

Solitary Confinement: The View from Europe

Author: Sharon Shalev Abstract This article examines the extent and nature of the use of solitary confinement in Europe. It offers insight into how different jurisdictions manage those they classify as requiring longer term segregation from the wider prison population,… Continue Reading →

Contesting Unmodulated Deprivation: Sauvé v Canada and the Normative Limits on Punishment

Author: Efrat Arbel Abstract Despite a pressing need for judicial guidance on the legalities of administrative segregation, Canadian courts have yet to outline clear, comprehensive principles by which to assess its deployment. While some courts have rebuked the Correctional Service… Continue Reading →

The Origins of Unlawful Prison Policies

Author: Lisa Coleen Kerr Abstract Prison administrators are granted discretionary powers to enable them to manage institutions and pursue legal and policy mandates. The use of delegated power is essential to prison management, but there can be a tenuous relationship… Continue Reading →

Reflections on 40 Years of Advocacy

Author: Michael Jackson Abstract For over forty years, Michael Jackson has acted as an impassioned advocate for prisoners’ rights. This article focuses on the author’s experience as a vocal critic of the practice of solitary confinement in Canada’s maximum-security penitentiaries…. Continue Reading →

Political Action at the End of the World: Hannah Arendt and the California Prison Hunger Strikes

Author: Lisa Guenther Abstract On July 8, 2013, over 30,000 prisoners in California joined together across racial and regional lines to launch the largest hunger strike in state history. This article analyzes the prison conditions that led to the hunger… Continue Reading →

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